Tarragon Folklore

Artemisa, tarragon’s genus, comes from the Greek goddess Artemis (of the moon), known as Diana by the Romans, who was said to have given tarragon and other artemisias to Chiron, the centaur.

The word tarragon is derived from the Latin dracunculus, “a little dragon” Much of the association with dragons comes from the serpentine shade of the herb’s roots. It was thought that tarragon would cure the bites and stings of venomous beasts and mad dogs.

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